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Why is the word "oven" used to refer to a cremator in a concentration camp?

An oven is often defined as a heated enclosure used for the cooking of food. For example: Cambridge oven the part of a cooker with a door, used to bake or roast food There is a similar emphasis on ...
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Where does the "dysfunctional or broken" meaning of the word "demic" come from?

Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary (1898-1905) says that demic is an aphetic form of epidemic and comes from the potato disease (from Yorkshire, Nottingham, Lincoln dialects). I believe the ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "la ti dah"?

Dictionary discussions of 'la-di-da' J.E. Lighter, Random House Dictionary of American Slang (1997) has this entry for la-di-da: la-di-da adj. {shortening of earlier Br[itish] E[nglish] lardy-dardy, ...
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To Break Bread -- the origin of the phrase

As far as English is concerned, there are two verbs to consider: There is an Old English Verb á-brecan (See Bosworth-Toller https://bosworthtoller.com/search?q=abrecan) which means to break into ...
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Why is the word "oven" used to refer to a cremator in a concentration camp?

From the OED, oven: A cremation chamber; spec. one in a Nazi concentration camp.In some contexts perhaps: a gas chamber (cf. gas oven n. 2). 1945 ‘G. Orwell’ Eng. your Eng. (1953) 54 Was it true ...
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Origin of “Peace Through Superior Firepower”

“Peace Through Superior Firepower” In cases like this, Google Ngram is sometimes helpful, however it is not definitive. As you can see, the earliest usage in print in English as a phrase probably ...
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To Break Bread -- the origin of the phrase

Although it is seen in the Bible, I am sure we can find references in other Greek and Hebrew literature if one really put the effort in some database. I am from India, and I have heard the phrase &...
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